Governor Focus 2020

3 November – Congress Centre, London

Bookings are now open for the next Governor focus conference which will take place on 3 November 2020 in London.

Keep an eye on our website or sign up to the governor focus newsletter to find out when the programme will be ready. This year, each trust will be given two free governor spaces. Please note that spaces are limited and bookings can only be made by the trusts themselves.

Why attend Governor focus conference?

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free-to-attend event for NHS governors, giving them the chance to network and learn from their peers. A fantastic opportunity to network with governors from across the country and learn from colleagues, hear from sector leaders on issues directly affecting the governor role and explore developments in the sector.

Our last event included speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE, director, WRES implementation NHS England and Imelda Redmond CBE, national director, Healthwatch. Our jam-packed, governor-specific programme will look at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examining issues most directly affecting the role of the governor. 


What our delegates said in 2019

"Well worthwhile: very encouraging to meet other governor groups with similar issues and some good solutions"

"A good opportunity to learn from colleagues about how things work in different settings"

"Interesting, informative and good networking."

"Speakers were excellent and the topics covered what was needed. It's good to feel governors are valued and have an important role."

"The networking is extremely useful - came away with some good ideas from elsewhere."

"Overall an essential conference."

2020 Programme


Registration, refreshments and showcase


Morning sessions

Welcome and introduction

More information coming soon.


Session 1

More information coming soon.



Refreshments, networking and showcase


Afternoon sessions

Session to be confirmed

 More information coming soon. 


Session two

More information coming soon.



Lunch, showcase and networking


Second afternoon sessions

Roundtable feedback

More information coming soon.


Session three

More information coming soon.


Plenary four

More information coming soon.


Closing remarks

More information coming soon.




Conference close

Governor showcase

Our Governor showcase exhibition area is an opportunity for trusts to showcase the exciting work their governors are doing and any examples of best practice. Each year we invite trusts to apply to take part in our showcase, with the successful applicants given a free stand in our exhibition to display the exciting work they are doing. 

To apply for a space in the exhibition please download this form and keep an eye on our website and social media pages for information. 


Share interesting practice

In our showcase area, we are always keen to hear what works in terms of councils of governors exercising their statutory duties. Engaging with members and the public is always a hot topic as is developing good relationships with the trust board.

Governor showcase 2019 participants

12 trusts took part in Governor showcase 2019 to showcase examples of best practice and demonstrate how their governors are making an impact. 
Find out more about their work and download their exhibition posters.

The trusts that took part were:

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation
  • Trust Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

2020 Speakers

Further updates coming soon. 

Sir Ron Kerr
Sir Ron Kerr


NHS Providers

Ron has spent all his career in the health and care sector and has been a chief executive at national, regional and local level for over 30 years, latterly as chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust until 2015. He is currently independent chair of Healthier Together, the Sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and a board member of Genomics England Ltd. He is also a trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and King’s College London. He was knighted for services to the NHS in 2011.

Booking terms and conditions

  • Every trust is entitled to two delegate places to be appointed by the booker. Places are limited so please book your governor places by 22 September.
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary
  • There may be a photographer or filming at the event and photographs of delegates may be used on future marketing materials. If you do not want your photograph to be taken or used in this way please notify a member of staff on site.


For more information please contact the Governor focus events team.